National Sports

Capitals close to shot-blocking their way to Stanley Cup

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Stanley Cup Final is a block party for the Washington Capitals. For all of Evgeny Kuznetsov's points on offense and Braden Holtby's saves in net, the Capitals are one win away from blocking their way to the Cup. They've gotten in ...

On call: Cavs turning to seldom-used Hood against Warriors

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Rodney Hood's most significant moment in these playoffs came while sitting on the bench. Well, he's getting up and getting in the NBA Finals. Looking for an offensive weapon to negate Golden State's size and ability to switch assignments on ...

Diamondbacks edge Giants 3-2, spoil Bumgarner’s season debut

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner's mere presence back on the mound and healthy after all these months meant so much to the San Francisco Giants, even in defeat. But the big lefty is a perfectionist, and he expected more of himself in his ...

Missouri State tops Saint Louis 9-8 in NCAA elimination game

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Matt Brown's single scored Drew Millas from second base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Missouri State to a 9-8 win over Saint Louis after the Bears surrendered a two-run lead late in an NCAA regional elimination game Sunday. The winning hit off ...

Neymar makes spectacular return as Brazil beats Croatia 2-0

By MAURICIO SAVARESE, AP Sports Writer LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Only three months ago, Brazil striker Neymar was on an operating table and in danger of missing the World Cup in Russia. Those fears largely disappeared Sunday when Neymar returned to action with smart dribbling, fluent ...

Baez, Lester lead Cubs over Mets 2-0 for 4-game sweep

By SCOTT ORGERA, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The Cubs practiced a risky baserunning play during spring training, one that requires optimal conditions to execute successfully. That situation presented itself in the seventh inning Sunday, and manager Joe Maddon's club didn't hesitate to ...

Truex pulls away on final restart to win at Pocono Raceway

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. pulled away off a restart with seven laps left to win the NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday and thrust himself back into the championship picture. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick had turned the season into a ...

Djokovic’s next French Open foe was cleared of match-fixing

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer PARIS (AP) — In his record 12th French Open quarterfinal, Novak Djokovic will face a man he knows well, even if the rest of the world does not. What a tale Marco Cecchinato (it's pronounced Cheh-key-NAH'-toe) can tell, though. He is a 25-year-old from ...

Woods happy with his game despite another Sunday fade

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods made it interesting again, but slipped from contention on the last day of a tournament. Despite being done in by some poor putting at the Memorial, he believes there still was valuable progress. "I keep getting a little ...

Wacha loses no-hit bid in 9th, Cardinals beat Pirates 5-0

By STEVE OVERBEY, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Wacha lost a no-hit bid in the ninth inning when pinch-hitter Colin Moran led off with a single, leaving to a huge ovation and pitching the St. Louis Cardinals past the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 Sunday. This was the second time Wacha ...

Capitals’ suffocating pressure is frustrating Golden Knights

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Of all the ways the Washington Capitals have tried to win in the playoffs, none has been as effective as this. They pushed the pace with speed and skill when Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom were part of the "Young Guns." They made ...

Olson homers again as A’s top Royals 5-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Matt Olson hit a three-run homer in the eighth as the Oakland Athletics defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Sunday to win the series. Olson went 5 for 11 with three home runs, eight RBIs and scored five times in the series. The A's are 9-2 in their past 11 road ...

Capitals flying high up 2-1 on Vegas in Stanley Cup Final

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored, Braden Holtby made enough saves to compensate for his giveaway and the Washington Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 on Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup ...

Cavs’ Love, Thompson avoid suspension for Game 1 altercation

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — J.R. Smith’s blunder, a disputed replay overturn and a key missed free throw dealt the Cleveland Cavaliers an emotionally crushing loss in an opener of the NBA Finals that was ripe to be taken away from the defending champion Golden State Warriors. They finally got a ...

Jittery Halep makes labored start at French Open

PARIS (AP) — Top-ranked Simona Halep overcame some opening-match nerves to advance to the second round of the French Open on Wednesday, beating 83rd-ranked Alison Riske of the United States 2-6, 6-1, 6-1. Halep took a bathroom break after Riske jumped out to a 5-0 lead and won the opening ...

WORLD CUP: Portugal tries to repeat its European success

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer After finally breaking through with its first major title at the European Championship two years ago, Portugal will use the same formula at the World Cup. The European champions will travel to Russia with many of the players from the squad that won Euro 2016, ...

Gardner, Torres rally Yankees to 6-5 win over Astros in 10

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Brett Gardner tied it with his second homer of the game, a one-out, two-run drive in the ninth inning, Gleyber Torres hit a winning single in the 10th and the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Houston Astros 6-5 Tuesday night. The Yankees won ...

Warriors await word on top defender Iguodala as LeBron looms

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson sat on the floor in the middle of his teammates and pointed to his "2018 NBA FINALS" hat during a locker-room photo. An important face was missing from the moment: Andre Iguodala. In a postseason defined by ...

Giants lose 2 pitchers to injury in 11-4 loss to Rockies

By DENNIS GEORGATOS, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Kyle Freeland got the Rockies going with his arm and his bat. Freeland pitched effectively into the sixth inning and doubled during Colorado's three-run fourth Tuesday night, leading the Rockies to an 11-4 win over the San Francisco ...

LEADING OFF: Reyes returns to Cards, Scherzer seeks No. 9

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around baseball today: FIXED WING Alex Reyes is set to return to Cardinals for the first time since his brief-but-stellar rookie season in 2016. The hyped right-handed prospect missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery and he'll ...